Jonesboro does not plan to adopt Governor’s face mask ordinance

Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signed an executive order giving cities the option to adopt a model ordinance to require masks to be worn following the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.

The Memphis Zoo cancels 37th annual Zoo Rendezvous 2020

  People adhering to safety, social distancing guidelines at Wappappello Lake

Mid-South states added to Chicago’s emergency travel order

  Arkansas reports 605 new COVID-19 cases; over 400 cases have recovered since Saturday

  Local nonprofit bounces back after closure to pandemic for six weeks

  Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

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  Veteran carries flag throughout Arkansas, spreading unity

  Arkansas reports 23,209 COVID-19 cases; 286 deaths

Mo. COVID-19 update July 4

  Freedom Fest preps underway for July 4 event

  Gov. Hutchinson signs executive order giving cities the option to adopt mask-wearing ordinance

Tennessee sets another single-day record with more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases

Health care experts stress importance of mental health as crisis continues

There are several issues people are facing today that experts say can have a serious effect on someone's mental health.

Predicting the next deadly pandemic

The U.S. is likely just days away from diagnosing its three-millionth coronavirus case.

Nurse saves life on way to daughter’s wedding

Jodi Damrow was just doing what comes naturally for a veteran emergency room nurse.

  Jonesboro nursing facility resident hopeful she’ll see family soon

Those in nursing homes are remaining hopeful that they will see their family soon.

  Ophthalmologist provides tips to shoot fireworks safely to avoid eye injuries

  New director takes over homeless resource center

  Jonesboro Police Department encourages social distancing; safe practices for 4th of July weekend

  Largest single-day increase in Arkansas with 878 new COVID-19 cases

  Houston hospitals near capacity as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

  Fireworks and hand sanitizer can be a dangerous combination

  Stuff the Bus goes virtual due to COVID-19

Changes are coming to Stuff the Bus this year due to COVID-19. The event is going virtual.

  TDH monitoring Memphis hospital capacity

The Tennessee Department of Health is keeping a very close eye on COVID-19 cases in Memphis.

  Imboden Rural Health Clinic closing, officials say

A medical clinic in Lawrence County will be closing its doors, with officials saying the COVID-19 pandemic created a difficult situation leading to the closing.

  Blytheville to temporarily close city pool over increased COVID-19 numbers

The city of Blytheville will temporarily close its city pool due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 in Mississippi County.

  Butler County Fair opens Wednesday

Butler County Fair starts Wednesday night.

FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

COVID-19 test home collection kit to be available for Kroger frontline workers

Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 test home collection kit.

  Craighead Co. seven-day rolling average trending down, Gov. says

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updates the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  Water park to remain closed for summer

In light of the shortened operating season and social distancing guidelines, management concluded opening the park is “not a financially viable option.”

  Local nursing homes prepare to open doors to visitors

Many nursing homes across Region 8 are being cautious with expanding visitation and other activities.

  Professor’s instruments detect air quality change as dust plume moved across Northeast Arkansas

The Saharan dust plume brought hazy skies and nice sunsets across a good portion of the South, including Arkansas, it may have also had a physical impact on our health.

  2 NEA dispensaries approved to sell medical marijuana

Two dispensary licenses were given to two Region 8 locations in a vote by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Tuesday.

  Wynne Schools releases reopening plan, safety guidelines

Wynne School District in Cross County, Arkansas is planning for students to return to class on Thursday, August 13.

  A-State preps for students and faculty on campus

Arkansas State University prepares for students to return to classes as Summer II classes begin Monday, July 6.

  Harrisburg School District will offer ‘several options’ for students this Fall

Another Region 8 school district will offer multiple options of learning this fall.

  Gov. Hutchinson authorizes merit pay increase for state employees

Gov. Asa Hutchinson provided an update to the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  St. Bernards changes visitor policy

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues its upward swing, St. Bernards Healthcare is changing its visitors’ policy.

  NY, NJ and Connecticut expand quarantine order to include all of the Mid-South

Tennessee and Mississippi residents are now included in a quarantine order for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  Pastor discusses impact of list of churches released by ADH

A list put out by the Arkansas Department of Health on Friday listed at least 40 churches where people with COVID-19 visited.

  Arkansas reaches 20,000 cumulative COVID-19 cases

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

3 Gulf Shores restaurants confirm COVID-19 among staff

At least three popular Gulf Shores restaurants have been impacted by COVID-19 among staff.

  New pediatrics and dermatology clinic coming to NEA Baptist as part of project

A new clinic is coming to the NEA Baptist area, thanks in part to a joint partnership as part of The Reserve at NEA.

  Medical marijuana sales remain strong in Arkansas

Since the first dispensary opened in 2019, medical marijuana sales remain strong throughout the state of Arkansas.

  Jonesboro city leaders say they won’t enforce mask wearing

The City of Jonesboro receives multiple requests daily to mandate masks in public but say they cannot enforce it.

  Butler Co. Health Dept. to reopen after employees test negative

The Butler County Health Department will reopen its doors to scheduled appointments on Tuesday, June 30.

  Tennessee governor extends state of emergency amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Bill Lee signed three executive orders Monday extending the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing governing bodies to meet electronically and allowing for remote notarization of documents.

  Older groups threatened as COVID-19 infections surge among young people

The Shelby County Health Department reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Arkansas sees nearly 300,000 COVID-19 tests done so far

The state of Arkansas saw over 500 new total cases of COVID-19 reported since Saturday, with about seven percent of the total amount coming from one area county, state health officials said Sunday.

20,575 COVID-19 cases in Mo.

On June 28, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 20,575 cases of COVID-19.

  NEA high school students get their prom after all

Many high school students throughout Region 8 were forced to skip some events this spring due to the ongoing global pandemic. One of those being prom.

Arkansas close to 20,000 COVID-19 cases, officials say

Arkansas health officials on Saturday said nearly 300,000 COVID-19 tests have been done in the state since the epidemic began, with the number of total cases getting closer to 20,000.

  Area churches respond to list from state officials on COVID-19 exposure

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, updated the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  Jonesboro car dealerships dealing with supply and demand during COVID-19

When COVID-19 ramped up in the U.S., major car manufacturers shut down plants across the nation. However, that didn’t stop many from buying cars.

996 COVID-19 deaths reported in Mo.

On June 27, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 20,261 cases of COVID-19.

Ark. pastor concerned over church list released by the ADH

A White County pastor shared concerns over a list released by the Arkansas Department of Health Friday evening.

  Malco reopens since pandemic’s closure

Fresh popcorn, soft drinks, and movies, now available at the Malco Jonesboro Towne Cinema.

Memphis heart transplant patient survives COVID-19

After months of battling COVID-19, a Memphis man is finally being released from the hospital.

  Memphis mayor signs mask ordinance into effect

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has signed an ordinance that would require residents to wear a mask or facial covering in public.

  Rivercrest releases plan to reopen school

Schools across Arkansas are putting plans in place to start the next school year in August with the threat of COVID-19 looming overhead.

  White River Health System to cut approximately 90 jobs

A hospital system based in Batesville will be cutting nearly 90 jobs, officials said Thursday.

  The Investigators: Number of infected inmates drop dramatically at Forrest City prison; inmates, loved ones concerned by the decrease

There has been a dramatic drop in the number of inmates infected with COVID-19 at an Arkansas prison.

  Halcomb’s Taco Casa to close its dining room over face mask requirement issue

An area restaurant is closing its dining room after restaurant owners say people would not comply with face mask requirements.

Mo. officials work on plan for schools in the fall

Officials in Missouri are working on a plan to put students back in the classroom in the fall.

  COVID-19 support group can be accessed across Arkansas

While the pandemic lingers on our mental health may be at risk; Mid-South Health Systems and the Department of Health teamed up to provide a COVID-19 Support Group.

  Jonesboro Strong in Song concert set for Thursday

A livestream, free outdoor concert Thursday evening will seek to help overcome several recent challenges for people in Region 8.

  Fireworks World sees boom in early sales

As some fireworks stores and tents begin to open around Region 8, there has been a nationwide trend of fireworks flying off the shelves. That has been the case for Fireworks World in Jonesboro.

  Flattening the curve in Benton and Washington counties, Gov. says

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  ArDOT engineer explains construction project on I-555 in Jonesboro

Construction crews have been hard at work on I-555 in Jonesboro over the last few weeks, getting ready to start a major reconstruction of it.

  Tri-State governors list Arkansas on their travel advisory

If you’re from Arkansas and plan to travel to the Tri-State area, prepare to quarantine once you arrive.

  Doctors, community leaders discuss racism in the health care system

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine hosted a virtual roundtable on structural racism in health care.

  Woman overcomes amputations and rare disease, returns to competitive horseback riding

As her left arm and both legs began to die, Jessica documented the journey in a series of Facebook Live videos.

  ADH to increase contact tracers, Gov. Hutchinson says

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updates the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  WATCH: City of Lubbock Mayor says ‘Wear your damn mask’ during news conference

During the June 24 news conference, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said "Cover your face. I think that message is as simple as it can be - wear your damn mask.”

  Susan G. Komen: NEA Race for the Cure canceled, office closing

There will be no Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this year in Northeast Arkansas. What’s more, the organization will soon close its doors in Jonesboro and the state.

Some bagged salads recalled amid cyclospora outbreak

If you have the recalled salads from Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and ALDI, throw them away, even if no one has gotten sick.

  Quorum Court approves incentive for Big River Steel, adopts social media policy

The items on the agenda included discussions for Big River Steel, a new social media policy and a new item added to the sheriff's office budget.

  St. Bernards needs homemade masks

While working on loosening some restrictions on visitors, they're struggling to make sure they have enough supplies to keep everyone on campus safe.

  Forrest City School District working on reopening plan for upcoming school year

School is scheduled to start in Forrest City in about two months. With the threat of the coronavirus, officials have come up with a plan they hope will appeal to parents concerned about their children’s safety.